OCONEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A man was airlifted to the hospital and later arrested after a shooting in Walhalla, according to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.
Jimmy Watt with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of shots fired around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He said that when they arrived at the home on Oconee Creek Road, they found a man with a gunshot wound to his midsection.
The man has been identified as 49-year-old Scott Duane Cooper.
Cooper was shot by a woman who lives at the home, deputies say.
He was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Deputies say there was a domestic incident when they arrived on scene.
They say Cooper and the woman had been in an argument, and Cooper was reportedly intoxicated at the time.
According to a report, Cooper damaged property inside the home, and even threw some of the damaged property at the woman and refused to leave the home.
There was a child at the home at the time of the incident, deputies say.
The investigation reveals that Cooper charged at the woman, causing her to fire a round from the handgun.
“At this time, our preliminary investigation has determined that the woman involved in the incident acted in self-defense not only to protect herself but also the juvenile male in the residence,” says Captain Greg Reed of the Sheriff’s Office. “Our investigation is continuing, but for now, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing any further information on this case at this time.”
Cooper is now charged with Domestic Violence – 1st Degree.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will continue this investigation.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.
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